A lot of car enthusiasts were ecstatic when Jaguar finally launched the F-Type, as it has been more than a dozen years in the making. It was offer in 4 models (including S, V8 S, and R), and it was available as either a coupe or a convertible.
It looks muscular and truly impressive, and its speed is undeniable. The F-Type R went from 0 to 60 mph in a blistering 4.0 seconds, and its top speed is a truly spectacular 186 mph.
At this point, many experts have begun comparing it to the Porsche 911. It’s the only other car near its price range that also offers comparable performance. But which is better? Well, there’s no short answer to that. And in fact, there may not even be a definite right answer to such a question.
• First of all, we have 8 different F-Type cars to choose from. While the R may certainly prove to be the fastest, for many people it doesn’t always mean that fastest is the best. After all, some think that the less expensive (and slower) F-Type models may offer better value for money.
And in case you’ve forgotten, the Porsche 911 has quite a few models in its lineup as well.
• Now we come to the head to head comparisons. Of course, it all depends on the specific matchup. You need to make sure that the matchup is fair and logical. So here we have matchups like the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe R against the 2014 Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition. While both are rear-drive vehicles with active dampers, ceramic brakes, and active differentials, the Jag has a significant 550 horsepower advantage against the 430 ponies in the Porsche.
The matchup between the 2014 Jaguar F-Type Coupe R and the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo wasn’t much of a challenge for the Porsche. The Porsche won in terms of maximum speed (197 mph against 186 mph) and in going from 0 to 62 mph (a stupendous 3.1 seconds against the Jaguar’s 4.2 seconds). But it may have been an unfair matchup because the price differential was too great. The Porsche cost a staggering £140,000 while the Jaguar seemed virtually reasonable with its £85,000 price tag.
Other matchups include the Jaguar F-type V6S v Porsche 911 Cabriolet (which is Porsche 911’s entry-level drop‑top version). Some have compared the 375-horsepwer F-Type S Coupe against the 345-horespower 911 Carrera S.
• In general, though, the Jaguar F-Type is a truly exciting ride. Once you turn off the driving aids, it becomes feral and rapid—more of a pugnacious fighter rather than a refined James Bond-type. It’s not just fast, but surprisingly exhilarating.
That’s not exactly the feeling you may get when you drive a Porsche 911. Oh sure, it’s fast. And yes, any objective judge will admit that the Porsche is not just fast. It gives you a feeling of absolute certainty. It’s an engineer’s car. Everyone who prefers precision will go for it. But you expect this from a Porsche.
By any objective standard, the Porsche is a superior ride when you want to go fast. And both these cars are for people who want to go fast, while driving what can be regarded as works of art. These are not cars for the timid or for those who want to save fuel or drive slow. But the standards that make sense are not objective at all.
So which one is better? Again, that depends on a lot of factors.
If you’re English, then you have to go with the Jaguar. And of course Germans will stick with their vaunted Porsche 911. But this is patriotism that makes sense. Germans should rightfully be proud of the 911. It’s a design that works. The 911 is one of the most iconic designs of all time. And you can always trust the German engineers to come up with new technological improvements that make the 911 better every year.
But for the Brits, their love for this particular Jaguar is fully justified. Sometimes Brits love their Jaguars in the same way that some families love their daft cousins who are a bit soft, stupid, but always kindhearted. But the F-Type is a brawler who can stand toe to toe against the mighty Porsche 911 How can any Brit say no to that?
As for the rest of us, it all depends on how we feel about the brands. At this point, it’s no longer about speed or comfort and looks. They’re just about the same. It’s about how you feel towards a car, and how you bond with the machine. It’s not about specs or about how the seats feel. It’s not about how the features make life convenient for you.
Do you feel joy? That’s the question you need to ask when you drive an F-type or a 911. How great do you feel? The car which gives you the biggest smile on your face is the winner in this matchup!
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